"There is only one force of history that can
break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of
tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant,
and that is the force of human freedom."
-- George W. Bush, in his second Inaugural Address
I guess Bush only values freedom - including freedom of assembly and freedom of speech - when it doesn't operate against his own personal political interests:
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin has instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama's public rally today, which the State Department this week labeled a "partisan political activity" prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.
Government employees serving in the United States are permitted to attend such events under the Hatch Act, which bars other partisan activity, such as contributing money or working in behalf of a candidate.
But "we always maintain that no U.S. government Foreign Service person overseas should be seen to be advocating one side or the other," State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said, adding that "it has nothing to do with who" the candidate is